"An Honorable Profession is a novel about survival both personal and professional, not merely that but survival with dignity and self-respect. It is itself an honorable novel." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World
An Honorable Profession
978-0-8021-3928-3 • $14.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2002
John L’Heureux is one of our most authoritative and compelling novelists, and An Honorable Profession is a “splendid novel” realized “superbly well” (Newark Star-Ledger) about an ordinary New England school where a young English teacher’s life is about to undergo the most serious of tests. Miles Bannon works hard and strives to be fair; he enjoys his popularity with studentsa bit too much, sometimesbut overall he is a good man. When he witnesses a group of students picking on one boy in the shower after football practice, he is suddenly forced to balance his responsibility for the situation with the unexpectedly intimate glimpse he now has of them. And when the victim begins to cling to him in the face of his own father’s rejection, Miles finds it perhaps too welcome a feeling. Then comes an accusation of impropriety that will destroy his careerand transform his life, and who he thought he was, forever.